In the 10th-season finale, Cristina's coworkers give her a fond send-off. Meanwhile, a possible terrorist act occurs in Seattle and leads to pandemonium at the hospital; Meredith makes a life-altering choice; and a doctor gets alarming news.
Dr. Meredith Grey
Dr. Cristina Yang
Dr. Alex Karev
Dr. Miranda Bailey
Dr. Richard Webber
Dr. Calliope "Callie" Torres
Dr. Catherine Avery
Dr. Amelia Shepherd
Dr. Ben Warren
Derek: You're asking me to choose between this job... and my family?
Meredith: I am simply saying I am not going anywhere. I am staying here.
Richard: Dr. Pierce. Rough day, huh?
Maggie: Seven traumas, two of which had right ventricular perfs, topped off with a pediatric heart transplant.
Richard: Other than that, how are you settling in?
Maggie (laughs): It has been the weirdest two weeks of my life. I don't know anyone. No one knows me. I haven't had one conversation that wasn't related to work.
Richard: Well... you know me now.
Maggie: No. (chuckles) God, I sound like a kid crying at camp. No, it's not-- It's not that. It's... something else. ... I was adopted. Two years ago, I looked up my birth mom. I had to go to the court for the records. She's dead now, um, so I could only get her name. But she was amazing. She was a surgeon here. Her name is all over this hospital. That's not why I took the job. I mean, it's a little bit why I took my interview. But it's just... so weird.
Richard: Wh-What was her name? Your birth mother.
Maggie: Ellis Grey. Did you know her? (Richard looks shocked)
Derek: I took the job!
Meredith: And you were supposed to be stepping back. You said, 'Take this year and make it count, and I'll make sure you can do it.' And you lied!
Derek: Sorry. I lied. It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Meredith: So, you got this thing and I gave up that piece. And I found a way to make it work with my jobs, my kids, and my research with less help from you, and I did it.
Derek: You're not a victim. I'm killing myself just as much as you are. Flying back...
Meredith: And then you wanted more pieces and more pieces...
Derek: ... twice a week...
Meredith: ... And now this is too much.
Derek: ... so I can spend time with my kids and be a good father.
Meredith: You can't just drag us away so I can come live in your shadow.
Derek: 'Shadow'? You have a job. You're gonna be working at James Madison.
Meredith: Right. That's how my father got his first job here. They wanted my mom so she had to call the university and pull some strings and find something for Thatcher to do. It's called a trailing spouse.
Derek: This is not like that.
Meredith: This is exactly that. And it's not what I signed up for.
Derek: You know what? You're-- You're being selfish.
Meredith: Well, I have to be, Derek, because you believe that your career is more important than mine.
Derek: At this moment in time, it is!
Meredith: No, not at this moment-- always! You will always be that hot-shot surgeon, and I will always be that young intern who fell in love with you.
Derek: If that's how you see yourself, that's your problem. I can't do anything about that.
Meredith: That's not how I see myself. That is the issue here.
Derek: D.C-- You can do your surgeries, you can do your research, you can do the portal veins. There is nothing here that you can't do there.
Meredith: But I don't want to! We're not just talking about my job, Derek. We're talking about my life. I grew up here. I made my family here. I helped rebuild the hospital here that has my sister's name on it, my mother's name, my name. I live here. My life is here. I don't want to leave.
Jo (grabs envelope): What is this?
Alex (sighs): It's from Yang. (opens it, and reads it)
Jo: Alex, what?
Alex: It's Cristina's shares in the hospital. She's leaving them to me.
Alex: She left me her seat on the board.
Jo: Can she do that?
Alex: I don't know. She did.
Bailey: I don't want to get too excited. Yang's body isn't even cold yet, but--
Ben: No, you can-- You can be excited. You got a place on the board!
Bailey: I will make policy, not just hear it. I will make changes.
Ben: You can keep your genome lab.
Bailey: We can have a genome theme park. (they laugh) And... it's just...
Bailey: Webber picked me.
Jackson: Guess what. I delivered a baby today. And the good news is, if the O.B doesn't show up for ours, then I get to-- (April hugs him) Hey.
April: Our baby will be fine. He'll be fine-- or she will be 'cause she'll have us.
Jackson: Of course she will. You know, my mom always says that's how the world changes.
April: Good people raising their babies right.
Jackson: Wait, is that-- Is that a thing? I thought it was just my mom. (they kiss)
April: I love you.
Callie: Are you okay?
Arizona (sniffles): Yeah. That's just-- It's really sweet.
Callie: Yeah. It's really amazing. I wonder why they wanted a surrogate. I wonder if-- I wonder if she couldn't--
Arizona: She really helped them. She really likes them.
Callie: That's really amazing, right? (they look at each other and realize, then kiss)
Derek: Did you get those signed? (Mer is silent) Meredith, you'll talk to her tomorrow. Knowing you guys you'll talk everyday.
Meredith: No, it's not-- I don't think I can sign this.
Derek: Sorry, I know you're wiped, but I need to have those on the plane by 7:00.
Meredith: No, I don't-- I think I need to stay here.
Meredith: Cristina, what are you doing here?
Cristina: I can't go.
Meredith: Yes, you can!
Cristina: We have to finish.
Meredith: You're gonna miss your--
Cristina: We have to dance it out. That's how we finish. (Mer sighs and pulls out her phone) What are you doing? What, you're gonna call someone to make me leave or what--
Meredith: I'm finding a song. (picks out a song) Okay, ready?
Cristina: Wait. We'll call each other at least twice a month, and-- and we'll text all the time.
Meredith: You hate texting.
Cristina: Text me. And don't let Owen get all dark and twisty. Take care of him. And Alex. Take care of Alex. He needs to be mocked at least once a day, or he'll be insufferable. Don't get on any little, tiny planes that can crash or stick your hand in a body cavity that has a bomb in it. Or offer your life to a gunman! Don't do that. Don't be a hero. You're my person. I need you alive. You make me brave. Okay. Now we dance it out. (Mer starts the song and they start dancing) You love this song! (they continue to dance, the song ends, Cristina sighs) I got to go. You stay here, okay?
Cristina (turns to leave but stops): You are a gifted surgeon with an extraordinary mind. Don't let what he wants eclipse what you need. He's very dreamy. But he is not the sun. You are.
Meredith: You okay?
Amelia: I just feel bad.
Meredith: Did you lose someone?
Amelia: No, no, I-I didn't lose a single one. That's why I feel bad-- 'cause I feel so good. This is the thing, Meredith. This is what it feels like. It feels like--
Meredith: Candy. But with blood.
Amelia: Only so much better. And Derek-- I mean, I was still in his shadow, but I didn't even care. And the only thing that would have made it better was if his shadow was gone, so you guys can go. Have fun. Be happy.
Meredith: Let's go. Now, or you never will.
Cristina: Wait. You-- You already called me a cab?
Meredith: No. (A doctor gets out of the cab with an organ box)
Cristina: Wait. Wait. Is that for Link McNeil?
Doctor: Yeah. I need to find Dr. Yang.
Cristina: I'm Dr. Yang.
Meredith: No! You need to find Dr. Pierce. You can go to the nurse's station, and they will direct you.
Cristina: Meredith, no! I-I can't just leave them.
Meredith: Yes, you can. (Mer starts putting Cristina's stuff in the cab) They are in good hands. Pierce is gonna do it, and Sabine knows she's gonna do it. She consented. Owen is here, I am here, and we're gonna follow up with Link post-op, okay? (puts Cristina in the cab) Get to the airport as fast as you can.
Cristina: Wait, Meredith.
Meredith: What? What do you need, an 'I love you' or something? (Cristina smiles) I love you. Call me when you get there.
Bailey: I would have thought, you know, now that you're the minister of education or whatever that you could tell the stupid board--
Richard: I don't control the budget, Bailey.
Bailey: W-Well, did you at least fight for me to keep my lab?
Richard: No, I did not. Now, when it came time this morning to decide who would staff the O.Rs, who had the stamina and the talent to run patient after patient it was a no-brainer. I mean, some people belong behind a microscope, but you don't. You are a surgeon, Bailey, it is what I trained you to be. (Bailey groans) And anything else would be a waster of your time. And before you continue trashing the board, you ought to know that Yang is leaving a seat open, and I'm recommending you, which the board will agree is also a no-brainer.
Bailey: Oh. W-Well, that's--
Cristina (walks up): Dr. Bailey, um, Dr. Webber, I-I just wanted to--
Meredith: She doesn't have time for long goodbyes. She has a plane to catch.
Cristina: No, Mer--
Richard: Well, you should go, then.
Bailey: Yeah, don't stand around here talking. Go, be a surgeon. That's what we trained you for.
Shane (walks up): Can I come with you?
Meredith: Shane, not now.
Shane: I'm not kidding. Take me to Switzerland. I can help you.
Richard: You're in the middle of your residency.
Shane: And my teacher is leaving, the one I want to learn from, to go do the work I want to be a part of. I want to be in charge of my education, and I choose you. You can say no, but I will badger you until you say yes.
Shane (to Richard): I quit. Respectfully. And thank you for everything. Really. (they shake hands, and Shane walks away)
Bailey (to Cristina): You want to grab anything else on the way out? C.T. machine? (Cristina hugs her) What-- Oh!
Cristina: Thank you. (she hugs Richard)
Richard: Proud of you.
Meredith: Okay, now, come on. Let's go. We have to go.
Shane: It's not fair. Webber was wrong. Maybe you just need to--
Leah: Really, Shane? I hung on his every word all year. All of us did. He's the greatest teacher I have ever had, so maybe if it were someone else saying this I wouldn't believe them, but Webber? I got to find what I'm good at. And I will.
Shane: You will. Good luck.
Cristina: Derek. Goodbye.
Derek: Goodbye. (they hug)
Cristina: Did more come in?
Meredith: No, it's slowing down. What are you still doing here? What time is your flight?
Cristina: I can't leave, Meredith. They just bombed Seattle.
Meredith: No, they didn't. No one did. It was an accident-- gas main. So, no different than a train derailment or a ferry-boat crash, so you can go.
Cristina: When I heard it was the mall, you know what I thought of? I thought about the time that Callie and I played hookey and we bought all the furniture for the firehouse.
Meredith: What time is your plane?
Cristina (sighs): Two hours. But Link McNeil has got a heart, and I have to do that first.
Meredith: No, the new head of cardio can do that. You don't have the time. (grabs Cristina's hands) Plus, you'll have to re-scrub. So there's that.
Meredith: You have been stalling for two weeks.
Cristina: You know what? I have to-- I have to finish something here. Nothing feels finished. None of it feels finished. Owen and I... We split... over something that hasn't even happened. And we never even split up. And y-you and I are not finished. George is dead, and Izzie is gone, and it is supposed to be you and me and Alex. And now nothing is finished. I am not finished.
Meredith (teary eyed): You don't feel finished because this isn't the end for you. There is no finish line. There is no end point. You just have to go.
Cristina (teary eyed): I know. I know. I know, a-and I'm... and I keep trying to, I don't know how to... just do it. You got to help me, Mer.
Catherine: April, where do you keep the four by fours?
April (crying): Oh, you're here, hi.
Catherine: What's wrong?
April: It was a shopping mall.
Catherine: Didn't you hear? It wasn't terrorists.
April: But that's what we thought. We live in a world where that is the first thought that crosses our minds. I don't think I can do it. I don't think I can raise a child in a world where they could die going to buy new shoes.
Catherine: I remember when I was 10 years old, sitting in a restaurant with my father, getting waffles. I loved waffles. I didn't like eggs-- still don't. This was 1960, in Texas, in a town so small it probably has forgotten its own name by now. And I remember some ignorant young men telling us to leave, dumping my father's food in his lap, throwing hot coffee on him. Was I scared? Yes. I begged him to take me out of there. Do you know what he said to me?
Catherine: 'Not until after you finished your eggs, young lady.'
April: What-- What did they do? What happened?
Catherine: Nothing. They went on to bother somebody else. He wasn't afraid, so they didn't have any power. April, there's always gonna be stupid people. There's always gonna be accidents. But that's not what defeats you. It's the fear. Now, if you had told me on that day in 1960 that I would have the job that I have today, the child that I have, I would have laughed 'til I cried. It seemed beyond impossible. But this is the way the world changes, sweetheart-- good people raising their babies right. Now, come on. Where are the four by fours? We've got things to do.
April (smiles): Okay.
Maggie: I e-mailed Dr. Yang twice about the conduit babies, and her only response was, 'Not your problem.' I'm the head of cardio. I'm her boss. And the way that she talks to me sometimes--
Owen: Look, Dr. Pierce, I--
Maggie: 'Maggie.' 'Margaret.' 'Maggie' is fine.
Owen: Dr. Yang will be coming in later today for a final check up with her conduit baby before she--
Maggie: And then she's leaving? For good?
Owen: Yes. Yes, she will be gone by the end of the day. Is that it?
Maggie: Yes. I have a patient in pre-op. (looks confused as to where to go)
Owen: It's that way.
Maggie: I'm getting it.
Maggie: Dr. Yang, did you schedule a pediatric heart transplant to come here today?
Cristina: Oh, hey, yes, good. Are the McNeils here?
Maggie: Why? Why would you think that we could do--
Cristina: Don't worry about it. He's not your problem.
Maggie: It's my department and I'll decide what should be sent to--
Cristina: I'm a little busy here, so can you just tell me where I can do the transplant?
Maggie (pauses): I've just finished in O.R. three. You can do your transplant in there.
Cristina: Great! Uh, can you, uh, see if Link McNeil is here yet and um, prep him for me? Thank you. (Maggie shakes her head and leaves)
Alex (chuckles): I'm gonna miss you. Seriously, though-- Link McNeil, today?
Cristina: I just need something to feel finished. Shane can close for me.
Alex: Are you sure you want him to close this kid?
Cristina: I taught Shane how to close. There won't even be a scar, will there, Shane?
Meredith: What are you doing here? I thought you had a big meeting.
Cristina: They blew up Seattle, Mer. I can't leave.
Meredith: You should. No one has a beef with Switzerland. So, we're going to D.C. Um, we sign the papers on the townhouse tonight. It's nice. It's going to be good. (Cristina puts her arm around Mer) What are you doing?
Cristina: I'm happy for you. People do this.
Meredith: Are you? Happy for me?
Cristina: I gotta go to the O.R. Alex gave a kid with an emergency thoracotomy.
Callie: Why would they hit a shopping mall? There's nothing there.
Stephanie: Except people-- Regular people.
Jackson: They want to scare us. It's the scariest thing we can think of.
Stephanie: The news said that they might be targeting hospitals now--
Callie: Oh, Edwards, shut your mouth, please.
Stephanie: I'm just saying.
Alex: Damn it! I need that chest tray. Get me a chest tray now!
Cristina (rushes up): Got it. Here. Here.
Alex: Oh, my god. Thank god you're here.
Cristina: Of course I'm here.
Alex: But Hunt said you went to the mall.
Cristina: No, I didn't have time. I was-- What are we doing?
Alex: Sudden loss of vitals, penetrating injury to the chest.
Cristina: You're gonna have to open him up.
Alex: Shouldn't you do it?
Cristina: No, you're there. You got it. Go for it. ... Oh, my god.
Cristina: I was gonna go to the mall.
Owen: Karev, have you seen Yang this morning?
Alex: No, wasn't she with you?
Owen: Yeah, she said something about going to the mall.
Alex: You've got to be freaking kidding me.
Owen: We don't worry until we're sure we have something to worry about, but if you see her, you let me know, okay?
Alex: Don't tell Mer.
April: Chief, can I talk to you?
Owen: You are.
April: Privately? Um, do you have a minute to even go into, like, a trauma room?
Owen (sighs): Spit it out, Kepner.
April: I'm pregnant. I know it's sudden, and it's soon, and I know it makes your life hell, but I will work until it falls out of me. Kepner's are built to have babies, sir. W-We've dropped them in fields.
Owen: Kepner, I'm happy for you. I'm thrilled. Congratulations.
April: Thank you. It was earlier than we thought but my mom always says that if you wait for the perfect time to have a baby, then you'll just die... childless.
Shane: What are you doing?
Stephanie: Just finished an aneurysm clip with Dr. Shepherd.
Shane: Shepherd or Shepherdess?
Amelia (walks up): 'Shepherdess'? Really?
Shane: Uh, sorry. It's just very confusing.
Amelia: I kind of like it-- Shepherdess.
Stephanie: Oh, well, before, it was just 'Shepherd's little sister.' (laughs)
Amelia: Edwards, do you like working on neuro? (Steph nods) Don't ever say that me again.
Bailey: Morning, gentlemen. You'll be happy to know that former bubble boy, Braden Morris had his first follow-up with his pediatrician. He is healthy as a horse.
Richard: Uh, I have a consult. If you'll excuse me.
Jackson: Ah, you should stay. You should-- (Richard leaves)
Bailey (makes a face): What's up?
Jackson: Disappointing news, actually. The foundation cut our budget, so we are unable to continue funding your genome lab.
Bailey: Oh, well, who's gonna fund it, then?
Jackson: We're shutting it down, actually. It's simply not producing the results that other projects--
Bailey: Did you just not hear what I said? I-I gave an immunodeficient child deactivated H.I.V and saved him!
Jackson: And almost got the hospital sued in the process. And almost lost your license and landed in jail. So is that really where you want to plant your flag?
Bailey: Yes! And so should you! Hey, two years ago, I was wiping your butt and changing your diaper, and now you want to do this to me? N-No, no, I-I will not stand for it.
Jackson: It's budgetary and it's done.
Bailey (walking away): Won't stand for it!
Jo (looking at a car brochure): Oh, it's pretty!
Alex: It's the freakin' batmobile is what it is. It's either this or a boat. Everybody at the practice has a boat.
Jo: Are you really a boat guy?
Alex: How should I know? I never had a boat.
Arizona (walks up, sees the brochure): Ooh, are you looking to buy a road-penis?
Jo: It's that or a boat.
Arizona: Oh, no, you don't seem like a boat guy.What are you here for?
Alex: My first anoplasty.
Arizona: Wow. Is LeBackes grooming you? Are you gonna be Dr. Junior Butthole?
Jo (laughs): Oh, no. That's what they'll call you.
Alex (holds up brochure): I won't hear 'em because I'll be squealing away in this.
Arizona: Congratulations, Little Butthole.
Cristina (watching the news about the weather on T.V, voiceover): He's an idiot. He doesn't know that. For all he knows, it could be the worst day of his life.
Owen: Why is that on?
Cristina: Oh! I wanted to see the weather. I have to fly today.
Owen: You've been saying that for two weeks.
Cristina: Well, only 'cause Link McNeil kept getting close to getting a heart. I really wanted to see that through. I can't put off Zurich anymore. There is a staff meeting on Monday, and if I'm not there, it'll be a terrible first impression, and I'll lose control before I start.
Owen: So... this is goodbye then?
Cristina: Last night wasn't enough? (Owen kisses her) Owen, no, no. You made me late already.
Owen: No. Meredith made you late. You were out drinking til 2:00 in the morning.
Cristina: Well, 'cause that was our big goodbye! Oh, we are not having a big goodbye here. I-- (sighs) I am going to be at the hospital later to check on my last conduit kid. We have our big goodbye here, and then I'll see you there, and I'll fell all... 'Duh, bye, again.' No, no, no. I-I got to go. I got to go.
Cristina: (closing voiceover) Whenever we think we know the future even for a second it changes. Sometimes the future changes quickly and completely and we're left only with the choice of what to do next. We can choose to be afraid of it to stand there, trembling not moving assuming the worst that can happen. Or we step forward into the unknown and assume it will be brilliant.
Cristina: How are you gonna cope with it?
Alex: With what?
Cristina: The boredom. Making buttholes will be your whole career. How will you not stick your head in the oven?
Alex: Screw you. I'll cry about it on my boat.
Cristina: (...) Yeah, right, you just saw a kid, knew he had a hemothorax, reached in, and fixed it. You know, you're never gonna do that again. Saving kids with ping-pong balls or making an end stoma with an appendix...
Alex: How did you even know I did that?
Cristina: You think I wasn't paying attention to you proving me wrong? I mean, I thought you were competent... Well, no. When you got here, I thought you were an imbecile, but you got competent, like a decent handyman. But eventually, I had to accept that you were good... good hands, and you think fast, act faster. I mean, you'll never be as good as me, but you're very, very good. (...) And you're putting all that talent in a drawer. So maybe you are an imbecile. Oh, god, what a relief. I'm still right.
Meredith: We got to get him to the O.R. right away.
Pelletier: Ma'am, we don't know if this is over yet. If he dies on your table before I question him, we have nothing left.
Meredith: And if he isn't the guy, you have a dead civilian on your hands whose care you obstructed. Move!
Pelletier: Ma'am, please!
Meredith: It's doctor. You're the boss out there. I'm the boss in here. Get out of my way.
Cristina (watching the news about the weather on T.V, opening voiceover): He's an idiot. He doesn't know that. For all he knows, it could be the worst day of his life. You know how people say, "Who knows? I could get hit by a bus tomorrow"? That seems pretty farfetched... until you have a friend who got hit by a bus. The point is, we never know what kind of day is coming.
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Norway: June 10, 2014 on TV2
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